Was having a great day until the zipper broke on my backpack hip pocket. The same one I had replaced back in Colorado and cost $20. Then I noticed the other pocket zipper was starting to fail. Next the flex tip on my hiking pole bent. These are brand new tips I put on just a couple weeks ago.
Then the worst happened. My GPS batteries had died a few days ago. The trail was fairly easy to follow by map but at lunch the trail faded out. I put new batteries into the gps but when it turned on it was brain dead. No maps, waypoints, or tracks. I tried to reseat the memory card and that's when I found it was missing! It must have fell out when I changed batteries. I searched for an hour but no luck. Not sure if it fell out here or back a few days when I took out the dead batteries. The card is so small it's like looking for a needle in a hay stack and I had to finally give up.
Since I wasn't exactly sure where I was on the map I gave myself a good guess and the map indicated I stay on the ridge of the divide. I hiked on along the ridge finding one overturned CDT post but no trail. In hindsight I think the trail switched backed down to a saddle and crossed onto a parallel ridge. By the time I realized this I was pretty far along and ended up taking a three mile bushwhack steeply down into a valley and then steeply up the other ridge finally finding the real trail. I was very careful to follow my map and compass the rest of the day once I knew my location!
Despite my gear issues it was a very nice day of hiking. I had thought I might make Lima by doing two 30+ mile days but with my bush whacking and searching for the GPS memory card, not to mention talking with all the new thru hikers I meet, I figured I will not make it. So, when I came to a picnic table, fire ring and bear locker at the trailhead, miles before Aldous lake that I was hiking to; I decided this was a fine camp for the night.